Choose Chicago appoints AVIAREPS as German in-market PR representative

08 May 2017

Choose Chicago President & CEO David Whitaker and Michelle Revuelta, Vice President of Media Relations, appointed AVIAREPS Germany as the German representative for Choose Chicago, Chicago's official sales and marketing organization. The Munich-based representative agency for tourism marketing and communication is responsible for the PR activities in the German market for the city on the shores of LakeMichigan in the state of Illinois, effective immediately.

In January, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker announced that visitors to Chicago in 2016 reached 54.1 million – a new record and 2.9 percent increase over the previous year's record performance.

David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago, commented:

“Germany is a vital part of our global strategic efforts to attract more visitors to our city. There is a great opportunity for Chicago to be a favorite city chosen by German travelers,”

In its turn, Nico Ortmann, General Manager of AVIAREPS Germany stated:

“We are very pleased to represent Choose Chicago in the German market. I have rarely been so surprised by a city. The cultural and leisure offers are incredibly diverse and the innovative bars and restaurants alone are worth a trip, especially the numerous breweries. Not to mention that Chicago is home of some of the country's best sports teams,”

Michelle Revuelta, Vice President of Media Relations for Choose Chicago, commented:

“Chicago is an excellent choice for German travelers considering a trip to the U.S. We are confident that the strategic vision, vast network and creative storytelling that AVIAREPS Germany exemplifies will benefit our efforts to continue to enhance Chicago’s position as a leading destination.”

What Chicago offers to its visitors in 2017?


The year 2017 in Chicago has been declared the ‘Year of Public Art’, with various art projects, a public art festival, exhibitions, performances and much more. Also,  Large hotel groups, such as Marriott, Viceroy and Nobu, are planning openings this year, and of course Chicago’s extensive and versatile dining scene spanning across all 77 neighborhoods offers something for everyone.


Exhibitionism, the Rolling Stones blockbuster exhibit, will make its second stop in the United States at Navy Pier.


May brings the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards to the best chefs in the country.

The opening of the American Writer’s Museum on May 16, the first national museum in the United States dedicated to American writers, and the immersive exhibit, Jurassic World: The Exhibition, at The Field Museum, running May 26 - January 7, 2018.

June- September

Exhibition highlights include the retrospective of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Gaugin exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.


With Taste of Chicago, the city will present its largest outdoor food festival in July 2017

September - January 2018

The Chicago Art Biennial will present 120 architects and companies from more than 30 countries. The Biennial, like many Chicago events, is free of charge for visitors, which also applies to the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and the Chicago World Music Festival.

For more details contact our AVIAREPS office in Munich

Please visit the official website of Choose Chicago for more information